“Happening a Clean Revolution” follows James Redford ( Robert Redford’s son) as he embarks on a journey to understand the state of climate change and the use of energy. Much of the movie focuses on solar energy with a slight mention of wind and water. For the climate change enthusiast this movie does not dig deep into government conspiracy we all crave, but it does lightly touch on the politics surrounding the use of solar energy. Rather, Happening focuses more on the journey of James Redford as he transforms his home into being more energy efficient, and his journey to understand renewable energy.
Climate documentaries are a big hit right now and the one thing this movie does right is talk about the positives that are happening. Many documentaries focus on the negative, the doom that awaits us if we don’t do anything. This documentary takes a look at what is currently happening when it comes to the use of renewable energy. I wish the documentary got a little bit deeper but it stayed pretty surface level for the most part. Much of the documentary I found watching iPhone videos taken by James, and him driving around talking to the camera in his car. It felt more of a personal journey “follow me documentary,” than a well thought out and thought provoking film.
If you are one that loves environmental documentaries there really isn’t anything new to add to the argument. If you are looking for a feel good documentary that brings hope to the future of energy this documentary is for you.
- John Meier